BRC Census Population Analysis, 2013-2018

Event Information

Valued Information Types, Information Sources, BMIR, and GARS


Valued Information Types

Valued Information Coming from Burning Man*

Error bars indicate the upper and lower bounds of the 95% confidence intervals.

* Participants selected up to three options that applied.

2014   2015   2016   2017   2018   2019
Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %
BRC Events 58.0 1.0   59.1 1.2   57.8 1.4   53.2 1.2   56.4 1.2   55.2 1.2
BRC Event Preparation 43.5 1.0   42.2 1.2   40.6 1.4   40.4 1.2   40.5 1.2   29.3 1.2
Photos/Video About BRC 54.3 1.0   52.3 1.2   44.8 1.4   43.1 1.2   39.2 1.2   28.4 1.2
Volunteer Opportunities 22.6 0.8   21.4 1.0   22.9 1.2   25.9 1.0   27.0 1.0   28.3 1.2
Regional Events 25.5 1.0   27.8 1.0   29.4 1.2   29.4 1.0   29.2 1.0   28.2 1.2
Stories About Burners 28.5 1.0   29.1 1.0   32.3 1.4   33.5 1.2   32.7 1.2   23.4 1.0
SF Events 17.5 0.8   15.6 0.8   14.4 1.0   13.9 0.8   14.3 0.8   13.9 0.8
Events Around the World 12.7 0.6   14.0 0.8   14.5 1.0   13.5 0.8   14.7 0.8   12.5 0.8
Info about BMP Non-Profit Programs 8.4 0.6   6.9 0.6   11.1 0.8   13.8 0.8   13.7 0.8   9.3 0.8

Information Sources

Frequency of Use of Available Sources for Burning Man News and Information

Error bars indicate the upper and lower bounds of the 95% confidence intervals.

* "Burning Man Journal" was first provided as an answer option in the 2017 online survey.

2014   2015   2016   2017   2018   2019
Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %
Word of Mouth
Never 4.2 0.4   4.3 0.4   4.2 0.6   4.8 0.6   3.7 0.4   NA NA
Rarely 25.1 1.0   26.7 1.0   22.4 1.2   22.2 1.0   20.9 1.0   NA NA
Often 70.7 1.0   69.0 1.0   73.4 1.2   73.1 1.0   75.3 1.0   NA NA
Jackrabbit Speaks
Never 11.2 0.8   12.7 0.8   15.5 1.2   18.8 1.0   18.4 1.0   18.3 1.0
Rarely 11.7 0.8   12.6 0.8   14.9 1.0   18.2 1.0   17.2 1.0   19.1 1.0
Often 77.1 1.0   74.7 1.0   69.6 1.4   63.0 1.2   64.5 1.2   62.6 1.2
Social Media (Not Managed by Burning Man)
Never 18.8 0.8   13.1 0.8   15.3 1.0   16.6 1.0   15.6 1.0   NA NA
Rarely 27.5 1.0   24.7 1.0   28.1 1.4   27.8 1.0   27.1 1.0   NA NA
Often 53.7 1.2   62.2 1.2   56.6 1.4   55.5 1.2   57.2 1.2   NA NA
Social Media (Managed by Burning Man)
Never 17.7 0.8   14.0 0.8   16.1 1.0   17.6 1.0   19.9 1.0   18.0 1.0
Rarely 28.4 1.0   27.9 1.0   31.8 1.4   30.5 1.0   31.8 1.2   31.3 1.2
Often 53.9 1.2   58.1 1.2   52.1 1.4   51.9 1.2   48.4 1.2   50.6 1.2
Burning Man Website
Never 5.3 0.6   5.0 0.6   4.5 0.6   6.0 0.6   6.5 0.6   5.6 0.6
Rarely 45.4 1.2   46.7 1.2   47.0 1.4   49.1 1.2   49.4 1.2   49.0 1.2
Often 49.3 1.2   48.3 1.2   48.5 1.4   44.9 1.2   44.2 1.2   45.5 1.2
Burning Man Journal*
Never NA NA   NA NA   NA NA   41.1 1.2   39.1 1.2   34.4 1.2
Rarely NA NA   NA NA   NA NA   37.3 1.2   38.8 1.2   40.1 1.2
Often NA NA   NA NA   NA NA   21.6 1.0   22.2 1.0   25.4 1.0
Discussion List
Never 44.8 1.2   45.2 1.2   45.6 1.4   51.4 1.2   48.9 1.2   NA NA
Rarely 32.5 1.0   32.6 1.2   33.1 1.4   29.9 1.2   31.4 1.2   NA NA
Often 22.7 1.0   22.2 1.0   21.3 1.2   18.7 1.0   19.7 1.0   NA NA
ePlay
Never 58.7 1.2   57.6 1.2   58.8 1.4   61.8 1.2   56.9 1.2   61.0 1.2
Rarely 30.9 1.0   31.0 1.2   29.8 1.4   28.3 1.2   31.9 1.2   31.6 1.2
Often 10.4 0.6   11.5 0.8   11.4 1.0   9.9 0.8   11.2 0.8   7.5 0.6
Regional Newsletter
Never 68.0 1.0   66.4 1.2   65.6 1.4   69.8 1.2   69.5 1.2   NA NA
Rarely 22.2 1.0   23.5 1.0   24.5 1.2   22.3 1.0   22.9 1.0   NA NA
Often 9.8 0.6   10.1 0.8   9.9 0.8   7.9 0.6   7.6 0.6   NA NA
Regional Website
Never 71.3 1.0   68.2 1.2   67.3 1.4   69.1 1.2   69.6 1.2   NA NA
Rarely 23.0 1.0   25.1 1.2   25.2 1.2   23.3 1.0   24.2 1.0   NA NA
Often 5.6 0.6   6.7 0.6   7.4 0.8   7.6 0.6   6.2 0.6   NA NA

Burning Man Information Radio (BMIR)

Participant Method(s) for Listening to BMIR*

Error bars indicate the upper and lower bounds of the 95% confidence intervals.

* Participants selected all options that applied, and the online survey question specifically asked about listening habits over "this year."

** The answer option, "I listened online" was left out of the online survey in 2016.

2014   2015   2016   2017   2018   2019
Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %
FM Radio in BRC 73.9 0.8   68.0 1.0   61.2 1.4   64.7 1.2   64.3 1.2   60.4 1.2
Mobile Device en Route to/from BRC 25.6 0.8   25.6 1.0   32.4 1.2   22.1 1.0   23.2 1.0   21.5 1.0
Knew About it, Did Not Listen 10.0 0.6   15.0 0.8   16.4 1.0   NA NA   17.4 1.0   20.2 1.0
Loudspeakers Near Center Camp 15.9 0.8   16.0 0.8   14.2 1.0   13.3 0.8   13.7 0.8   12.0 0.8
Online** 18.0 0.8   16.3 0.8   NA NA   11.2 0.6   11.8 0.8   10.3 0.8
Did Not Know About BMIR 1.2 0.2   2.0 0.4   2.5 0.4   2.8 0.4   2.3 0.4   3.3 0.4

Gate Advisory Radio Station (GARS)

Error bars indicate the upper and lower bounds of the 95% confidence intervals.

2015   2016   2017   2018   2019
Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %
Listened 11.8 0.8   54.6 1.4   60.8 1.2   64.0 1.2   56.4 1.2
Have Not Heard of It 57.4 1.2   32.3 1.4   25.7 1.0   21.5 1.0   26.3 1.0
Heard of It, Never Listened 30.8 1.0   13.1 1.0   13.5 0.8   14.5 0.8   17.2 1.0
End of report!

Contributions and Acknowledgements